Former union boss Hanna committed to trial

Dave Hanna will stand trial over allegations he destroyed potential royal commission evidence.
Dave Hanna will stand trial over allegations he destroyed potential royal commission evidence.

A former CFMEU boss has been committed to stand trial over allegations he destroyed documents in the lead-up to the royal commission into Australia's trade unions.

David Arthur Hanna will likely appear before a Brisbane District Court jury after a magistrate on Thursday ruled there was enough evidence to send his case to the higher court.

But defence lawyer Terry Fisher said the matter was only going to trial because of Hanna's union links.

"The reality is if Mr Hanna wasn't an ex-president of the CFMEU this case would be dead in the water," he said outside court.

Hanna is accused of a single count of destroying, concealing or mutilating documents that could have been required as evidence in the Trade Union Royal Commission.

The alleged offending occurred at CFMEU headquarters in the inner-Brisbane suburb of Bowen Hills and in other parts of Queensland between April 1 and 4, 2014.

Magistrate Jacqui Payne said the prosecution's case "bordered on suspicion" and boxes of destroyed documents might have been considered old and irrelevant to the royal commission.

But she said evidence by witnesses throughout the committal hearing was enough to send Hanna to trial.

She specifically referred to claims he requested CCTV cameras inside the union's headquarters be covered with banners while documents were being discarded.

The court also heard evidence the former union boss asked another person to "shred or dispose" of a receipt relating to the cost of a truck that took documents to the tip.

Hanna entered a plea of not guilty after he was committed to stand trial.

Mr Fisher said his client was disappointed with the result but the threshold for sending matters to a higher court was very low.

"Although interestingly her honour has found that the documents that were sent to the tip were old union records and in fact there's no evidence they were documents required by the royal commission," he said.

Hanna's matter will be heard in the Brisbane District Court at a date yet to be set.

Australian Associated Press